Enter Lucio and two other Gentlemen
If the Duke, with the other dukes, come not to
composition with the King of Hungary, why then all the
dukes fall upon the King.
Heaven grant us its peace, but not
the King of Hungary's!
Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious pirate,
that went to sea with the Ten Commandments, but
scraped one out of the table.
‘ Thou shalt not steal ’?
Ay, that he razed.
Why, 'twas a commandment to
command the captain and all the rest from their functions.
They put forth to steal. There's not a soldier of
us all that, in the thanksgiving before meat, do relish the
petition well that prays for peace.
I never heard any soldier dislike it.
I believe thee, for I think thou never wast where
grace was said.
No? A dozen times at least.
What? In metre?
In any proportion, or in any language.
I think, or in any religion.
Ay, why not? Grace is grace, despite of all
controversy; as, for example, thou thyself art a wicked
villain, despite of all grace.
Well, there went but a pair of
shears between us.
I grant: as there may between the lists and the
velvet. Thou art the list.
And thou the velvet. Thou art good
velvet. Thou'rt a three-piled piece, I warrant thee. I
had as lief be a list of an English kersey as be piled, as
thou art piled, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly
I think thou dost, and indeed with most painful
feeling of thy speech. I will, out of thine own confession,
learn to begin thy health, but, whilst I live, forget to
drink after thee.
I think I have done myself wrong,
have I not?
Yes, that thou hast, whether thou
art tainted or free.
Enter Mistress Overdone
Behold, behold, where Madam Mitigation comes.
I have purchased as many diseases
under her roof as come to –
To what, I pray?
To three thousand dolours a year.
Ay, and more.
A French crown more.
crown (n.) 1
type of coin [usually bearing the imprint of a monarch's crown]
See Topics: Money
Thou art always figuring diseases
in me, but thou art full of error. I am sound.
Nay, not, as one would say, healthy, but so sound
as things that are hollow. Thy bones are hollow.
Impiety has made a feast of thee.
How now, which of your hips has
the most profound sciatica?
Well, well; there's one yonder
arrested and carried to prison was worth five thousand
of you all.
Who's that, I pray thee?
Marry, sir, that's Claudio, Signor
Claudio to prison? 'Tis not so.
Nay, but I know 'tis so. I saw him
arrested, saw him carried away, and, which is more,
within these three days his head to be chopped off.
But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so.
Art thou sure of this?
I am too sure of it; and it is for
getting Madam Julietta with child.
Believe me, this may be. He promised to meet me
two hours since, and he was ever precise in
Besides, you know, it draws
something near to the speech we had to such a purpose.
But most of all agreeing with the
Away. Let's go learn the truth of it.
Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen
Thus, what with the war, what
with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with
poverty, I am custom-shrunk.
Enter Pompey. A Gaoler and Prisoner pass over the stage
How now? What's the news with you?
Yonder man is carried to prison.
Well, what has he done?
But what's his offence?
Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.
What? Is there a maid with child
No, but there's a woman with maid by him. You
have not heard of the proclamation, have you?
What proclamation, man?
All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be
(plural) parts of a city lying outside the walls [reputed for brothels and lawlessness]
And what shall become of those
in the city?
They shall stand for seed. They had gone down
too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.
But shall all our houses of resort
in the suburbs be pulled down?
To the ground, mistress.
Why, here's a change indeed in
the commonwealth. What shall become of me?
Come, fear not you; good counsellors lack no
clients. Though you change your place, you need not
change your trade. I'll be your tapster still. Courage,
there will be pity taken on you. You that have worn your
eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered.
What's to do here, Thomas Tapster?
Here comes Signor Claudio, led by the provost
to prison; and there's Madam Juliet.
Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, Officers, Lucio, and
Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to th'world?
officer in charge of the arrest, custody, and punishment of prisoners
Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
I do it not in evil disposition,
But from Lord Angelo by special charge.
Thus can the demigod Authority
Make us pay down for our offence by weight
The words of heaven. On whom it will, it will;
On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just.
Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint?
From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty.
As surfeit is the father of much fast,
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue,
Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,
A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die.
If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would
send for certain of my creditors. And yet, to say the
truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom as
the mortality of imprisonment. What's thy offence,
What but to speak of would offend again.
What, is't murder?
Call it so.
Away, sir, you must go.
One word, good friend. Lucio, a word with you.
A hundred, if they'll do you any good.
Is lechery so looked after?
Thus stands it with me: upon a true contract
I got possession of Julietta's bed.
You know the lady. She is fast my wife
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order. This we came not to,
Only for propagation of a dower
dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
Remaining in the coffer of her friends,
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love
Till time had made them for us. But it chances
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment
With character too gross is writ on Juliet.
With child, perhaps?
Unhappily, even so.
And the new deputy now for the Duke –
Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness,
Or whether that the body public be
A horse whereon the governor doth ride,
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
He can command, lets it straight feel the spur;
Whether the tyranny be in his place,
Or in his eminence that fills it up,
I stagger in – but this new governor
Awakes me all the enrolled penalties
Which have, like unscoured armour, hung by th' wall
So long that nineteen zodiacs have gone round
And none of them been worn, and, for a name
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
Freshly on me. 'Tis surely for a name.
I warrant it is, an thy head stands so tickle on thy
shoulders that a milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it
off. Send after the Duke and appeal to him.
I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I prithee, Lucio, do me this kind service;
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation.
Acquaint her with the danger of my state,
Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
To the strict deputy, bid herself assay him.
I have great hope in that, for in her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect,
Such as move men; beside, she hath prosperous art
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.
I pray she may, as well for the encouragement of the
like, which else would stand under grievous imposition,
as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry
should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack.
type of backgammon in which scoring is by placing pegs in holes
I'll to her.
I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Within two hours.
Come, officer, away.